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Weitsman still plans on creating basketball academy after pandemic

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Davis College
Former home of Davis College

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- On Tuesday, 12 News received an updated look at the future of a former school expected to be turned into a sports academy.

Back in December, we first brought you the plans to turn the former Davis College property into a basketball and E sports academy.

Businessman Adam Weitsman bought the property, but said the coronavirus pandemic put most of his business ventures on hold, and he'll need to reevaluate its future once its over. Back in July, Davis College put the Riverside Drive property up for sale as the seminary school looked to merge with another bible school in Warren County.

Weitsman said he had hoped to buy the property for a while, and it all came together last year. The businessman said the basketball and E sports academy is a passion project of his, one he has worked on with hardwood legends such as Jim Boeheim and Carmelo Anthony.

However, the coronavirus put all of those plans on hold.

"We're gonna put that off for a year," Weitsman told 12 News Tuesday. "It's the safety of those kids and the faculty that would be number one, so it would be almost impossible to do that at this time."

Weitsman said it is still his intention to use the space for the future sports academy. Even though he said plans are delayed for roughly a year, there's no firm timeline moving forward because we don't know how long the pandemic will last.

Josh Rosenblatt

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